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From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

1. From London: Day Trip to Harry Potter Studios and Oxford

Take a day trip from London and journey towards Warner Bros. Studio to take "The Making of Harry Potter" tour. Located in former aircraft hangars in Leavesden, the attraction recreates the magic of Harry Potter and all your favourite characters. Then, visit Oxford and explore the Divinity School. Board the original "Hogwarts Express" train at a recreation of Platform 9¾, and explore the inside of the train carriage featured in the films. Take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the station's brick wall. The studio staff will reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets and unveil the intricate prosthetics and make-up that transformed actors into creatures in blockbuster films. See sets from the original movies, and get a peek inside the college of Hogwarts during the 4-hour studio tour. Journey through attractions such as The Great Hall, Gryffindor Common, Hagrid's Hut, the Weasleys' kitchen, and the Ministry of Magic. Take a tour of the backlot and a special effects tour, see a model of Hogwarts Castle, and much more. Depart the Studios and journey to Oxford to explore the real college buildings, including the medieval Divinity School. Upon arrival in the university city founded in 1167, take a guided tour of the historical center and admire some of the most famous college buildings, cloisters, and quadrangles. Delve down alleyways and into chapels, look inside dining halls and across cobblestone squares under the shadows of the legendary "dreaming spires." Enter the hallowed heartland of academia, including the Bodleian Library, Radcliff Camera, Sheldonian Theatre, and other select colleges.

Oxford: Christ Church Harry Potter Film Locations Tour

2. Oxford: Christ Church Harry Potter Film Locations Tour

Enjoy a walking tour introducing the making of Harry Potter in Oxford and an audio-guided tour inside Christ Church College. See and hear about both Harry Potter and Lewis Carroll’s legendary characters, such as Alice and the Mad Hatter.  First, admire the views of Christ Church Meadows. Take in the borders of the rivers of Cherwell and Isis. Next, see longhorn cattle graze and the dreamy spires of Merton College and Corpus Christi. Then, see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. See Christ Church's cloisters and staircase that were used as inspiration for the Great Hall, or visit New College. Also enjoy entry to either the Divinity School or the New College film site.

Oxford: Harry Potter Film Tour Led by University Alumni

3. Oxford: Harry Potter Film Tour Led by University Alumni

Explore the world's oldest English-speaking university on a guided tour. See the filming locations for the Harry Potter movies and other blockbusters. Learn about Oxford University and its relationship to the world of entertainment. Find out about Oxford's connection to J.K. Rowling and other celebrities. Visit the spots where major Marvel movies were filmed. Explore the New College and Divinity School and see some of the influences on the Harry Potter universe.

Oxford: Inspector Morse Lewis Endeavour Small Group Tour

4. Oxford: Inspector Morse Lewis Endeavour Small Group Tour

Join a guided tour around Oxford to discover the sights visited by Inspectors Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour on the hit TV show, Inspector Morse, filmed at approximately 100 locations in Oxford. Visit colleges at the University of Oxford. This tour is aimed at fans of Inspector Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour, but even if you are not a big fan, this tour is still a good opportunity to get insights into the University of Oxford and the history and traditions of each college you visit. Get to know Oxford city and the university's heritage as you take an in-depth look at John Dexter's characters. Dive into his vision for his characters as you explore places visited in the series. The primary guide on this tour is Tom and Tom averages a 5 star rating from about 50% of all his clients. So please go ahead and book this tour to find out why it's so well rated. Please note that in low season, we operate a policy of minimum 3 persons to make a booking to ensure tours do not run at an operating loss. You can still book as 1 or 2 persons but please just book as 3 persons.

Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with New College & Divinity School

5. Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with New College & Divinity School

Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, visit the filming locations of New College and Divinity School, and learn interesting facts and trivia from your guide during this Oxford tour experience. Get transported to the beloved fiction universe that surrounds Oxford. Escape into the Harry Potter universe as you visit their filming locations in Oxford along with an expert guide. Walk by the New College cloisters and see where Malfoy was turned into a ferret by Mad-Eye Moody in 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.' Visit the Divinity School at the Bodleian library. This venue was used as Hogwarts' hospital wing in several Harry Potter movies. Remember the scene where Harry has to stay overnight to regrow his bones after Professor Lockhart removes them all? That was filmed right here. On any dates when the New College cloister (the actual film site) is closed, the tour will run but not include access to the cloister. Additionally, on any dates when Divinity School is closed, you'll visit an additional college instead (not a film site). Please see notice about any closures during Christmas time or on graduation dates, in the closures notice listed below under section.

From London: Oxford, Cotswolds & Country Pub Lunch

6. From London: Oxford, Cotswolds & Country Pub Lunch

Our day trip from London begins with a visit to Oxford, city of dreaming spires. Here, follow your guide in the footsteps of famous alumni such as author J. R. R. Tolkien, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde, and renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Wander down narrow back streets to ancient colleges and pretty quadrangles, and soak up the atmosphere in this bustling university city. You’ll also visit Oxford University's oldest classroom — the medieval Divinity School. When your walking tour comes to an end, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure before we head to the stunning Cotswolds. We depart Oxford and drive to the gentle rolling limestone hills of the Cotswolds, driving down single track narrow country lanes in our minibus, exploring the back roads and little winding valleys. With an expert guide on board, we will learn of the rise and fall of the wool trade in this region and how it left behind a landscape untouched by the modern world, featuring small honey coloured stone villages and hidden green valleys with babbling streams. Our first stop is delightful Burford with stone houses cascading down to the River Windrush, see Woolsack tombs in the historic churchyard before we stop for a delicious lunch in a traditional Cotswolds country pub. Sit back and relax in an ancient stone hostelry and experience centuries-old tavern life in a world where a gentle, slower pace is the norm. We then visit Bibury with its photogenic collection of houses known as Arlington Row, before driving through stunning centuries old villages with photo stops. Our smaller vehicles are able to travel up the narrow Coln Valley on single track roads, passing fields of sheep and sleepy hamlets. Our last stop is bustling Stow on the Wold with its vibrant market square, before driving back to London passing through Chipping Norton and Woodstock.

App Self-guided London - Harry Potter Oxford

7. App Self-guided London - Harry Potter Oxford

Discover the magic of Harry Potter on a guided tour of Oxford. Visit filming locations from the movies, including the Bodleian Library, New College, and Christ Church. Start your tour at the Bodleian Library, which was used as the hospital wing of Hogwarts. See where key scenes such as Harry's recovery in "The Philosopher's Stone" and the dance lesson in "The Goblet of Fire" were filmed. Learn about the library's history, as the oldest university building in Oxford, used for theological discussions since the 15th century. Next, head to New College, which was the setting for the halls of Hogwarts, where Harry is ridiculed with badges that say "Potter sucks" in "Goblet of Fire." Inside New College, see a 200-year-old oak tree, under which Malfoy is transformed into a ferret by Moody. Finally, visit Christ Church, where the stairs were used in McGonagall's welcome to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Although Hogwarts' Great Hall was inspired by Christ Church's dining hall, it was not filmed there. See the dining room, which is still used by students who dine there every day.

Oxford University: Guided Small Group Walking Tour

8. Oxford University: Guided Small Group Walking Tour

The tour introduces at least 9 colleges and describes college life, student traditions, famous literary, scientific, and political figures, and English history in Oxford. Follow a guide around the city as you visit the famous sights and learn about the history of Oxford. Get the most out of your trip to Oxford on this tour – the general tour can be scheduled to suit whatever requests and interests you have. This tour is ideal for small groups, language schools, or business organizations.  Guides of the tour often speak various languages and most are Oxford students, graduates, English tutors, actors, or actresses. Most tours visit inside 1 or 2 colleges, but which colleges visited is impossible to predict in advance.

Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

9. Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

Whether you’re coming for a family holiday or a day trip with friends, Oxford is the perfect historic destination. If you know where to look, you’ll find Harry Potter filming locations; the alma maters of some of the world's most famous literary figures, politicians and philosophers; the pub in which the first copies of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe' were handed out; and much, much more. But how do you make the most out of your time in this magical city? A private tour is a great way to get an intimate and tailored insight into Oxford and the beautiful university. You can completely tailor the experience: from meeting and starting points to any particular themes you wish to be covered (please email the local supplier in advance with any requests). Speak to your guide if you would like to visit any paid sites  this can be discussed and arranged for you. Depending on what you would like to see, there may be additional entrances fees but your guides can discuss all available options for you at the start of the tour. Your guides have a great insight into Oxford and are committed to providing interesting and enjoyable tours of this beautiful city, rather than tours which put people to sleep. Most of your guides have themselves studied at The University of Oxford and can provide you with details on how the institution really works. Cover the highlights of Oxford to ensure you see the best the city has to offer. A typical itinerary includes: • Balliol College • Trinity College • Sheldonian Theatre • The Divinity School • Bridge of Sighs • The Bodleian Library • The Radcliffe Camera • The University Church of St Mary The Virgin • Christ Church College • All Souls College • Oriel College • Merton College

Wizarding Oxford Tour: Follow in Harry Potter’s Footsteps

10. Wizarding Oxford Tour: Follow in Harry Potter’s Footsteps

Embark on “Wizarding Oxford Tour: Follow in Harry Potter’s Footsteps,” a spellbinding journey through Oxford’s historic streets, where the wizarding world meets academia. Begin your adventure at Blackwell’s Bookshop, a treasure trove reminiscent of Flourish and Blotts. Gaze upon the Bodleian Library, whose ancient façade could rival Hogwarts’ library. Marvel at the Clarendon Building, echoing the grandeur of magical institutions. Wander outside New College, whose cloisters might remind you of Hogwarts’ corridors. Behold the Radcliffe Camera, a structure as captivating as any magical edifice. Visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, evoking the spirit of Hogwarts’ infirmary. Stroll past 6 Alfred St, a location filled with the charm of the wizarding world. Conclude your tour at Christ Church, whose majestic architecture inspired iconic Hogwarts scenes, and the Divinity School, known for its enchanting allure. Please note: The availability and accessibility of attractions may vary based on time of day and crowd conditions, ensuring each visit is a unique experience.

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4.7
(363 reviews)

A very good and candid guide. On the way I received some explanation about some things in London. Then took a little nap on the bus. The studios left a big impression and are a must visit for anyone who is even a passing fan of Harry Potter. Then Oxford. This was not our main interest, but the guide was able to tell us a lot of news, which made it interesting. Too bad about the transport, although the bus looked very luxurious, the microphone sometimes malfunctioned so we couldn't always hear everything. The guide solved this very well by talking loud and clear. I would definitely recommend this trip!

Once we realized that Oxford meant the city with many sights and not just one or two places from the Harry Potter films, the previously high price was put into perspective and explained. Chris, the guide was great. We had great weather - so hardly any rain and sunshine with wind ;-) The Harry Potter Studio was also great after the first 20 minutes (for children who barely understand English). Merchandising, which we usually avoid, was actually good too. Not the cheapest, overpriced Disney junk. Example: cups under 10 pounds, real cardigan from Griffindor about 60- with 80% wool content.

The tour was great. Our guide showed us the various filming locations of the Harry Potter films in Oxford from the outside and inside (if possible) and provided a lot of background knowledge about the historical part of the buildings. His English was very easy for us to understand. We were then able to visit Christ Church alone with an audio guide at our own pace. The tickets were included in the price. Our guide took his time and didn't rush through Oxford with us; we were also lucky enough to be alone with him since it was the off-season.

This was a lovely tour! Good combination of film locations and Oxford's history. Thomas was absolutely great!

Excellent. Jim showed us places we had never found otherwise. Very good local knowledge